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Woodcut No. 6 - Oak Aged American Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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Woodcut No. 6 - Oak Aged American AleWoodcut No. 6 - Oak Aged American Ale

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: denver10 on 10-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 24
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.19/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I rarely rate according to price, but what exactly should a 'strong ale' taste like anyway? Since there really isn't a benchmark, I'm going with wallet affects.

Pours a murky off amber/gold will huge head. This thing billowed up to about 3 fingers, off white. Looks ok, but the lacing seemed oily.

Aroma is wood, aspirin, date and unripe apple.

Tastes is wood and unripe apple. But mostly wood. Not a scratchy kind, just like a wet log. Subtle hints of vanilla and caramel on the end. But it's thin. Maybe some cherry?

The feel saves this beer a bit. It's got a bubble whallop to save the thinness of the taste. Really, what is this thing for 21 bucks (on SALE!)? At least the wood isn't too bold or scratchy, that would result in a drain pour.
This is my first, and last, Woodcut I'll pay for. Not a bad beer, but horrible for the price

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mentor
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a 7 finger fluffy head that slowly (very slowly) cavitates into liquid. Nearly clear rust amber liquid. Streams of bubbles slowly rise upward...looks like this beer must be very viscous. The nose smells vanilla, oak waxy, piney hops, and crystal malts. Baby aspirin, fig, lemon, kiwi, peach/pear reduction, cherry sweet tart, and orange zest-wax. Rich, complex and enticing. If the flavor holds up to the nose, this beer will be stunning.

Taste is similar to the nose, but not the power-packed flavor umph I was expecting. Scratchy oak mixes with alcohol sting and tame malt sweet. This beer is all about the waxy oak character with vanilla and piney American hops. Disjointed. The flavors have not come together (unless they started that way and the time of them cooperating has passed). Alcohol flavor is clean, grains are gently caramel, esters are tropical light fruits of guava and mango-fiber with a berry-flavored drizzle (like you would find on a cheesecake). Herbal lemon...basil?...parsley?...neutral herbal. Hop grassiness is hidden by the oak, or perhaps they work together but come across as mostly oak. Medium in the mouth, but some dextrinous creaminess. Over-carbonated when poured, but not so in the mouth. Dry finish leaves a copper flavor, oak astringency, and an alcohol sting that persists with an oak wax rough. Had this beer just been capped without so much pressure, the beer might have oxidized to add those yummy sherry/caramel notes. Considering how tight the cork was and the strong carbonation, I don't see this one improving that way any time soon - any change that will occur will need to happen with the ingredients inside the bottle. I expect the character of the ingredients to fall apart before they could combine into aged yumminess. Once again, Odell Woodcut is not worth $25/bottle. I know the time and effort they put into it is worth $25/bottle to them, but the experience on our end is more like $7-$9 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep cloudy amber with a two finger dense white head that is slow to fade with excellent lacing into a dogfish snifter
S: smells of cedar oil, pine, some tropical fruits, a hint of caramel, slightly herbal as well. great nose
T: woody flavor, some caramel, slight pine, a bit of toasted malt, tropical fruit and a bit more woodyness some cedar with a slight bitterness throughout. swallow brings a bit of caramel and a nice blast of tropical fruit, resin, pine, and a bit of sweet vanilla
M: smooth with soft carb from bottle conditioning, not too dry of a finish but the hops seem to coat well
O: a hugely complex and delicious American Strong Ale. I don't quite know what to make of it and it's a lot to take in. The mosaic hops bring some interesting flavors into the mix, the mouthfeel is very luxurious, the nose is phenomenal and the beer looks fantastic. An amazing beer and a pleasure to drink because the alcohol is very well hidden.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle, number 05708, dated August 2012.

After a succession of 100% flat bottles of Woodcut #5, I easily resisted #6 for several months, then bought one on impulse, brought it home, and promptly forgot I had it for a couple more months. Then I remembered, so here goes.

Right off the bat, I had to deal with the cork, which would not budge for anything short of a pliers. As I twisted it outward, I expected to get some help from the pressure, but it resisted all the way to the end. Increasingly certain this would be another flat Odell, I was happily shocked by the resounding POP. Into the glass went a murky, tawny liquid, producing a thin & foamy tan head. I am disheartened by the lack of bubbles coming from the nucleation etchings in the bottom of my glass.

Characteristic of the Woodcut series, this smells like an oak bomb. A bunch of sweet tropical fruit smells swirl through the oak; I presume these are from the Mosaic hops. There's something nutty and toasty and buttery going on in there.

It's a little brighter and sweeter in taste, but with a tannic and tangy finish. Bitterness is moderate. There's no denying the oak, though. And while I wouldn't call this flat, mouthfeel suffers from undercarbonation.

I may give up on the series. I thought #3 was repeatedly delicious, and justified the price, but #4-6 have left me wishing I could go back in time and spend my money more judiciously.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a splendid brew, featuring the underused mosaic hop. sort of a pale ale, sort of an ipa, sort of an American strong, a cool hybrid. the pour is very cloudy, almost a dull beige color on this, like half pineapple half orange juice, only darker, its just as pulpy apparently, and it has a really thick head of white foam with an almost nitro look to it. the color is bizarre, not totally appetizing, but I am intrigued. the nose wins me over instantly, big fresh tropical fruit flavors abound, fresh mango and papaya and maybe even lime, this mosaic hop has quite the bouquet! I could not tell, but there may be some rye malt in here, as it has a gentle spice towards the finish. alcohol is invisible in aroma and flavor, impressive. the tropical fruit flavors are lush and intense. not sweet, but not bitter either. resinous but very unlike the high alpha west coast varietals. this is a must try, wow, I really really like this. fuller body requires a little chewing, but the finish is really bright and unique, and the carbonation is about where it should be in a beer of this magnitude. the woodcut series has set the bar very high (price tag too), but the sixth incarnation lives up to its heritage and selling price, and is one of those special beers that demands to be cellared and shared with the closest of friends during the best of times. A+ overall.

edit: almost two years on and this is drinking just as nicely as it originally was. for whatever reason, the mosaic hasnt faded a hint, and the oak intensity seems to have ramped up even further somehow while the alcohol has relaxed even more to undetectable levels. not sure how much longer this is meant to hold on, but boy is it a beauty right now, and still on some random shelves around town too. scoop it up while you can!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 430 (bottled Aug 2012) opens with a resounding pop. Pours a hazed & effervescent peach color with 3 fingers of lacing. Good head retention & very good lacing, still hazy out at the end

S: Plums, cherries, whiskey, plus oakyness & citrus/pine once warm

T: Figs, cherries dryness & butter rum up front. Plums, butterscotch, figs cherries, lemon grass & lime once warm, slight oaky boozeyness. Finishes warming, fruitty, dry & citrussy & slightly medicinal/piney

MF: Fairly chewy, slightly carbonated, warming

I liked this, drank fairly easy despite the ABV, the Mosaic hops show through once warm. If you can get this for $16 like I did, get it...

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Woodcut No. 6 - Oak Aged American Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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